Posted by Angela on April 14, 2017
2017: Year of the Blues
March was Women’s History Month and Hayti collaborated with SOULOWORKS to present an excellent program, [email protected]
, in celebration. From start to finish this intergenerational celebration demonstrated the power of women past and present.
Thirty years ago the Bull Durham Blues Festival began. As the group Sounds of Blackness sang, “Everybody wants to sing my blues, nobody wants to live my blues.” Those words rang true then, and they ring true now. Among those powerful women whose lives helped shape the blues through music were Bessie Smith, Big Mama Thornton and Ella Baker, all born in March.
Another woman, ...read more
Posted by Angela on April 5, 2017
The Jambalaya Soul Spoken Word team continues to engage and instill in youth and young adults the power of oral expression. Every month Dasan and the poets remind us that spoken word and poetry are good for the mind, spirit, and soul.
Most of us were exposed to poetry at very young ages. As babies we were soothed by a familiar tune: "Rock-a-bye baby in the tree top, when the wind blows the cradle will rock; when the bough breaks the cradle will fall, and down will come baby, cradle and all." Although the words were sung, it was poetry. ...read more
Posted by Angela on April 3, 2017
Andrea once again produced an amazing program honoring our women and history. From beginning to end women of all generations came together to acknowledge that we stand on the mighty and magnificent shoulders of women artists, educators, mentors, family and friends.
Thanks, Andrea, for conceiving the idea that led to our spontaneous program in 2016. That was a lot of fun and, because of the response among artists and community, resulted in the 2017 program that resulted in planning for 2018. As Andrea indicated during our conversations, many women artists spend so much time making life happen and working hard ...read more